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People walk along a promenade at dusk.


Israelis gather to watch hot-air balloons take off in the Negev during the week-long Jewish festival of Sukkot.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Tsafrir Abayov / Associated Press

South Korean performers are suspended in midair to form a human net in a performance called "Aphrodite" by Spanish theater company La Fura Dels Baus. The performance is part of the Hi Seoul Festival which runs through Sunday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Lee Jin-man / Associated Press

A man stands inside the new Rain Room at the Barbican center. The Rain Room is a 300-square-foot room of falling water which visitors are invited to walk into, with sensors detecting where the visitors are standing.


Visitors look at the sculpture "“Ray,"” created by Indian artist Subodh Gupta as part of the Jing’An International Sculpture Project Biennial at a park.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Eugene Hoshiko / Associated Press

An exhibitor talks about a painting by Chinese painter Zhu Yiyong at the Fine Art Fair.


Lawrence Mathenge, representative of the Mau Mau War Veterans Assn., celebrates the announcement of a legal decision in Britain's High Court concerning Mau Mau veterans, while holding a ceremonial whisk, at the offices of the Kenya Human Rights Commission. Britain's High Court ruled Friday that three Kenyans tortured during the Mau Mau rebellion against British colonial rule can proceed with compensation claims against the British government.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ben Curtis / Associated Press

Protesters clash with police at an unsanctioned rally held in protest of a ban on the wearing of headscarves in the mainly Muslim ex-Soviet national middle schools.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Aziz Karimov / Associated Press

One of two north Chinese leopard cubs sits on a tree as they were presented for the first time to public at the Tierpark Zoo.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Markus Schreiber / Associated Press

An arrested shipyard worker raises his hands in court . Greek police clashed with scores of protesting shipyard workers Thursday after they forced their way into the grounds of Greece's Defense Ministry. More than 100 protesters forced open the shuttered entrance to the ministry complex, crossing the courtyard and blocking the entrance to the general staff building.


Employees of Kingfisher Airlines participate in a candlelight vigil after the wife of an employee committed suicide, citing severe financial distress caused by non-payment of salary for several months. India's Kingfisher Airlines has extended its shutdown and won't fly any planes for another week unless it can convince pilots and engineers who haven't been paid for months to return to work.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Saurabh Das / Associated Press

A Palestinian throws a tire during clashes in a protest against the Jewish settlement.


An emotional father holds his dead child in front of Dar al Shifa hospital. The Syrian army has continued to shell Aleppo and claims the Sakhour district is now clean of "mercenaries and terrorists." Activists in Syria said the death toll from violence across the country reached 80, mainly in the northern provinces of Idlib and Aleppo, as well as suburban areas of the capital Damascus. Rebels claimed they have downed a fighter jet near Aleppo, a day after suicide bombings killed at least 31 people, mainly government soldiers. Both sides have been fighting for months for control of Aleppo, Syria's biggest city and the country's commercial hub.


Kai Otton from Sydney, Australia escaping through the 'doggy door' on an 8ft shorebreak wave during the Quiksilver Pro France in Hossegor.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Kelly Cestari / EPA

Photographers and spectators watch as a United Launch Alliance Delta IV rocket lifts off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The rocket is carrying a Global Positioning System IIF-3 satellite for the U.S. Air Force.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Craig Bailey / Associated Press

Members from Faslane Peace camp take action outside the SNP headquarters in Edinburgh, Scotland. The activists were acting as part of a the No To Nato Scotland Coalition, using chalk to draw 24,000 figures on the pavement to represent the deaths of people that have been killed, to date, in the current Afghanistan campaign.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jeff J Mitchell / Getty Images

Roses thrown by members of the public and police lay on the bonnet of a hearse that carried the coffin of police Constable Fiona Bone to Manchester Cathedral during her funeral service. Police Constables Fiona Bone, 32, and her police colleague Nicola Hughes, 23, were killed as they responded to what they thought was a routine burglary call in Mottram, Greater Manchester and were murdered in a gun and grenade attack.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Christopher Furlong / Getty Images

A worker of the Skaramangas shipyard is seen injured by tear gas as he protests outside the police headquarters demanding the release of his colleagues arrested by riot police during clashes outside the Defence Ministry in Athens. Riot police were called and scuffles broke out, as workers protested the lack of payment for the last six months.


A Cambodian woman lights a candle for prays at a pagoda in Phnom Penh to mark the Pchum Ben Festival. The Pchum Ben festival, the festival of death, is a popular holiday in Cambodia which consists of 15 days of prayers for the deceased, visits to temples and bringing food to monks.


South Korean rapper PSY, who sings the popular "Gangnam Style," performs during his concert in front of Seoul City Hall in Seoul.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Lee Jin-man / Associated Press

Visitors gathered on the Great Wall of China outside Beijing. Hundreds of millions of tourists crowded into scenery spots, resorts and other tourism destinations scattered across the country while millions of visitors arrived in the capital city over the National Day "Golden Week" holidays.


A dying star throwing a cosmic tantrum in this combined image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope and the Galaxy Evolution Explorer. In death, the star's dusty outer layers are unraveling into space, glowing from the intense ultraviolet radiation being pumped out by the hot stellar core. This object called the Helix nebula, lies 650 light-years away in the constellation of Aquarius.


Indian policemen use a water cannon to disperse Congress party workers who were protesting against alleged corruption and the deteriorating law and lack of order in the state.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rajeev Gupta / Associated Press

Sri Lankan police speak to cricket fans waiting to buy tickets for a Cricket World Twenty20 semi final match in Colombo. Sri Lanka plays against Pakistan in the first semi-final on October 4, while West Indies play Australia on October 5 in Colombo.


Raindrops glide off a Brown Pelican's feathers at the zoo in Hanover.


Stephanie Bowers looks through the charred remains of her late mother's trailer home in Mitchell. Bowers mother, Cheryl Roop, died in the fire that destroyed the home.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Chris Huber / Mitchell Daily Republic

Students wait for a rainstorm to pass before resuming an athletic competition for schoolchildren in Dumaguete City. Wet weather normally tapers off in the Philippines this month, ending the annual typhoon season with the onset of relatively cooler and drier conditions through March.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Benzi Florendo / Los Angeles Times

An Indonesian jockey competes during a traditional Pacu Jawi event -- also known as the mud cow race -- in Tanah Datar in the West Sumatra province of Indonesia. Pacu Jawi is held by farmers before the start of the new harvesting season.


Disabled Afghan men practice for a wheelchair basketball tournament in Jalalabad, Afghanistan.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rahmat Gul / Associated Press

Police use colored water from a water cannon to disperse teachers protesting for better wages in Srinagar, India.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mukhtar Khan / Associated Press

A municipal worker in New Delhi sprays an area to keep the mosquito population in check. The mosquito-borne disease dengue is on the rise in the city.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Tsering Topgyal / Associated Press

A volunteer labels seats at the University of Denver ahead of the presidential debate between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: David Goldman / Associated Press

British police attend the funeral in Manchester of a colleague who died in the line of duty.


An Army team carries the remains of Sgt. Thomas J. Butler at Dover Air Force Base, Del. According to the Department of Defense, Butler, of Wilmington, N.C., died in Afghanistan.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Steve Ruark / Associated Press

Buildings stand in ruins at the scene of car-bomb explosions in Aleppo, Syria. No one has claimed responsibility for the explosions, which killed an estimated 40 people.


A police officer in Cape Town, South Africa, gives a warning after a truck was set on fire by striking drivers.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Schalk van Zuydam / Associated Press

A balloonist prepares a balloon for a flight in Timna Valley national park in southern Israel.


A 1,500-pound crocodile named Rex waits for feeding after coming out of a three-month hibernation at a zoo in Sydney, Australia.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rob Griffith / Associated Press

Lindsey Solano, 7, sits on the shoulders of her brother, Irvin Gonzalez, while waiting in line to get new shoes at the 24th annual ``Back-to-School'' giveaway event at the Fred Jordan Mission in Los Angeles.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

Several hundred workers from Walmart stage a walk-out and protest in front of the Pico store over wages and working conditions.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

Rescuers check on a half-submerged charter boat that collided with a ferry boat near Lamma Island off the southwestern coast of Hong Kong Island, killing 38 people.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Kin Cheung / Associated Press

Ultra Orthodox Jews dance as they celebrate the holiday of Sukkot at a yeshiva in the Mea Shearim neighborhood on Monday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Sebastian Scheiner / Associated Press

Greek teenagers protesting education budget cuts express themselves in chalk on the sidewalks outside the country's parliament.


Sydney's Harbor Bridge and Opera House provide a picturesque backdrop as Josh Sheehan of Australia performs the opening jump in the final stage of the Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour on Cockatoo Island.


Britain's Adam Blythe celebrates as he crosses the finish line in the Frank Vandenbroucke Memorial / Binche-Tournai-Binche one-day cycling race.


South Africa's bowler Faf du Plessis dives unsuccessfully to catch a ball during the ICC World Twenty20 World Cup Super Eight cricket match between India and South Africa.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Eranga Jayawardena / Associated Press

Archeologists works next to one of the two skeletons, presumably female, that have been discovered during the hunt of the remains of the alleged model for Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa -- Mona Lisa Gherardini. The remains, one a complete skeleton and the other fragmented, were found in the same grave, in the basement of the former convent of St. Ursula in Florence, where it is thought that the lady was buried after his death in 1542. With these new discoveries, the number skeletons exhumed during the excavations rose to seven.


A worker sprays water on a statue of the late Mahatma Gandhi on the eve of his birth anniversary at Gandhi Park in Bhubaneswar. Gandhi, known as the Father of the Nation, was instrumental in the movement that lead to India's independence from Britain in 1947.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Biswaranjan Rout / Associated Press

Supporters of Venezuelan opposition presidential candidate Henrique Capriles shout slogans during a campaign rally in Caracas. The latest poll, by Datanalisis, gives current President Hugo Chavez 49.4% -- a 10-point lead over Capriles -- for the upcoming Sunday presidential election, but the challenger has cut the incumbent's lead in half in just four months.


Ukrainian journalists hold blank poster boards during their joint protest against a bill criminalizing libel, which they fear will suffocate freedom of expression, near a Parliament building in Kiev. Ukraine's ruling party has put plans to reinstate defamation as a crime punishable by jail on hold after criticism by the opposition and independent media.


An elderly man in a bed is aided by an electoral helper as he casts his ballot in the village of Sartichala, during the country's parliamentary elections. Elections in Georgia will bring a major constitutional change, as the prime minister, rather than the president, will hold the most political power from the October 2013 presidential elections onward.


Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg pose for a photo during their meeting at his Gorki residence outside Moscow.


Visitors enjoy a sunny autumn trip across a pond filled with lotus plants at the Yuanmingyuan Old Summer Palace in the outskirts of Beijing. Oct. 1 is China's National Day, which is now part of a so-called Golden Week holiday second in importance in mainland Chinese only to the Lunar New Year.


Susila Khadki, age 100, is carried by her grandson after a celebration to mark the International Day of Older Persons in Kathmandu. The Kathmandu Municipality honored 12 elderly women over 100. Each woman received $117 as a token or gift voucher. All United Nations member states mark the day of older persons every Oct. 1 to raise awareness about issues affecting the elderly.


Judges walk from Westminster Abbey to the Houses of Parliament in the rain following their Annual Service of Thanksgiving in London. The start of the legal year is marked with a traditional religious service; judges arrive from the Royal Courts of Justice and afterward process to the Houses of Parliament where the Lord Chancellor hosts a reception.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Oli Scarff / Getty Images

Indian children play, climbing on a temporary structure that was erected for a Hindu festival at the Marina beach on the Bay of Bengal coast.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Arun Sankar K / Associated Press

Hanzo, a 4-year-old German boxer, jumps a wave during the annual Surf City Surf Dog competition. An extremely talented surfer, Hanzo learned how to skateboard when he was only 10 weeks old.


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A Greek shipyard worker was blinded by tear gas as he protested outside police headquarters in Athens, demanding the release of colleagues arrested during demonstrations over pay. A similar protest was held in New Delhi, where employees of Kingfisher Airlines participated in a candlelight vigil after the wife of an employee committed suicide citing severe financial distress brought on by nonpayment of salary for several months.

Interesting images involving the arts include South Korean performers suspended in midair to form a human net in a performance piece called “Aphrodite”; the sculpture “Ray” created by Indian artist Subodh Gupta at a park in Shanghai; and a man standing inside the new Rain Room at the Barbican Center in London. The Rain Room is a more than 1,000-square-foot room of falling water, which visitors are invited to walk into and sensors detect where the visitors are standing.

Elsewhere, peace activists in Scotland drew 24,000 figures on the pavement to represent the deaths from the war in Afghanistan campaign; South Korean rapper Psy, who sings the popular “Gangnam Style,” performed in front of Seoul City Hall; and Indian police used a water cannon to disperse Congress Party workers protesting against corruption.

On one side of the Atlantic,  surfer Kai Otton escaped through the “doggy door” on an 8-foot wave during the Quiksilver Pro France competition in Hossegor. On the other side of the ocean, spectators watch as a Delta IV rocket lifts off from Florida’s Cape Canaveral Air Force Station carrying a Global Positioning System satellite for the Air Force.

In Venezuela, supporters of presidential candidate Henrique Capriles shout slogans during a campaign rally in Caracas. In Ukraine, journalists hold blank poster boards during their protest against a bill criminalizing libel, which they fear will suffocate freedom of expression.

In Azerbaijan, police clashed with demonstrators at a rally held to protest a ban on the wearing of headscarves in middle school in the mainly Muslim former Soviet state. In Berlin, two North Chinese leopard cubs were presented to the public at the Tierpark Zoo.

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